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The North Dakota Safety Council is a private non-profit organization supported through grants, donations, memberships and training. Our mission is to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, on the roads, and in our homes and communities. With 1,000 member companies representing all sizes of all industries, the NDSC is an active participant in influencing safe work practices all across North Dakota.


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Thank You NDSC Members 

New Members as of 
June 1, 2018
Energy Transfer Partners
Crestwood Midstream
OK Tire, Inc
United Team Mechanical

Renewing Members as of 
June 1, 2018

A Step Ahead Learning Center
Andeavor Dickinson Refinery
Associated General Contractors of ND
B & B Electrical Contractors, Inc.
Bektrom Foods, Inc
Benson County Transportation
Best Western Plus Ramkota Hotel
BNSF - Fort Worth
Brink Constructors, Inc
Central Specialties, Inc
Chiller Systems Inc
City of Maddock
CS Doors
Dakota Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
Degelman Industries USA Ltd
Ditch Witch of North Dakota
Dowco Valve Co Inc.
Edsons Construction LLC
Electric Scientific Co
Frac Shack
Fuchs North America
General Equipment & Supplies
Gravel Products, Inc.
GW & Sons Construction, Inc.
H-B Construction LLC
Heritage Electric, Inc
Highlands Engineering & Surveying
Hlebechuk Construction, Inc.
Home on The Range
Interstates Construction Services, Inc.
Lignite Energy Council
M J Electric, LLC
Maertens-Brenny Construction Co.
McKenzie Electric Cooperative
Minot Plumbing & Heating
ND State Electrical Board
ND Telephone Company
Northern Plains Heating and Air
Oppegard Implement Company
Plains All American Pipeline
Six D Construction
Southwest Water Authority
SRT Communications, Inc.
Straightway Construction, Inc
Tecta America Dakotas, LLC
TEK Energy Services
Thorpe Plant Services
Trail King Industries
UND Energy & Research
USDA Natural Resources
Wanzek Construction, Inc.
WBI Energy
Wescom, Inc


John Renaud's Story of Safety: "Not Today"

It took three scrapers hooked up in tandem and one scraper attached to the “dozer” via steel-stranded cable to pull the behemoth out of the mud. Once the dozer was on firm ground, the plan was to unhook the heavy cable from the dozer and let the scraper haul it out of the way. But, given the stiff mud caked around the hook on the side of the dozer blade, the cable held fast. Renaud sent another operator to fetch a shovel. Now alone, Renaud continued to wrestle with the cable. Suddenly, the worst happened.

“I could see the back tires on the scraper spinning, trying to get traction, and suddenly the cable tightened,” he recalled. “It spun me around and cinched me, slamming the front part of my body against the steel dozer blade as the 1,000 horsepower machine continued to pull.” Recognizing the emergency, the other operators on site called the “all stop.”

Within a matter of seconds Renaud’s body sustained massive injuries.  His entire pelvis was crushed, the left side of it fractured where the sacrum meets the iliac. His right femur, or upper leg bone, was severed and, when Renaud hobbled out of harm’s way once there was slack in the cable, the bone’s jagged edge is what likely severed his femoral artery. He lost six units of blood.

Read John's full story here.



OL of the Dakotas Reminds Drivers
to Stay Alert at Railroad Crossings

June 11, 2018 -- In North Dakota, there was a 26% increase in highway-rail grade crossing collisions from 2016 to 2017.* In addition, crossing fatalities increased from 1 to 4 over the same period. Operation Lifesaver of the Dakotas is hosting a safety blitz this week to educate the public on the importance of safety at railroad crossings.

During Operation Lifesaver safety presentations, one of the messages focuses on the disproportionate weight ratio of a car compared to a train.

“When it comes to a collision between a car and a train, it’s no contest. Trains are made of solid steel and weigh an average of 6,000 tons. A car weighs one and half tons and is made of steel, plastic, and rubber,” says Kathy Zander, OL of the Dakotas state coordinator.

This week, OL of the Dakotas is focusing their safety efforts in northwest North Dakota. The main audience is professional drivers.

“When you have a vehicle carrying hazardous materials, the impact of a collision could be much greater,” says Zander. “Plus, very often these drivers are on the road seven days a week. More hours on the road obviously means a greater chance of them crossing paths with a train. Plus, they’re more susceptible to growing complacent.”

The goal of this week’s safety efforts is to prevent incidents by reminding drivers to stay alert when approaching a highway-rail grade crossing. The program’s motto is simple: See tracks? Think train!
OL of the Dakotas reminds all drivers of these simple safety tips:

  • Be aware that trains can’t stop quickly - a freight train moving at 55 mph can take a mile or more to stop.
  • Never drive around lowered gates – it’s illegal and potentially deadly.
  • Don’t get trapped on the tracks – proceed through a crossing only if you are sure you can completely clear the crossing by 15 feet without stopping.
  • At a multiple-track crossing, wait for the first train to pass and then watch for a second train on the other track, approaching from either direction.
  • Always expect a train – freight trains do not follow set schedules.

Partners in this week’s safety blitz include Amtrak, Canadian Pacific Railway, Federal Railroad Administration, North Dakota Department of Transportation, North Dakota Highway Patrol, North Dakota Public Service Commission, North Dakota Safety Council, and Strata Corporation.

Volunteers will be hosting events in Minot, Stanley, Williston, Beulah, and Bismarck. They are also calling on businesses, schools, or community organizations to schedule a safety presentation. The presentations are free and can be customized for any age or profession.

To learn more or to schedule a free presentation, visit To share safety tips with your friends and family go to

2018 Trench Safety Stand Down

May 31, 2018 –
Two workers are killed every month in trench collapses around the United States. That is why the National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA) and the North American Excavation Shoring Association (NAXSA) are sponsoring a trench safety stand down to protect workers from trenching hazards.

The Safety Stand-Down, endorsed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), is scheduled for June 18-23. The week-long voluntary event is an opportunity for employers to talk directly to employees about trench safety. Help prevent trench-related injuries and fatalities on your worksites by educating your workers with these free resources:

• Trench Safety Poster
• Buried Alive Article
• Trench Safety Fact Sheet
• Trench Safety Flyer

Find additional Stand-Down resources here.

NUCA will provide a Certificate of Participation to all participating companies as well as publish a list of the organizations which held stand downs on their website and in their publications.
Submit TSSD Completion Forms and any questions you may have to


NDSC Partners With State Farm to Offer Teen Driver Safety Courses

June 11, 2018 - Teen drivers account for only five percent of licensed North Dakota drivers, yet they account for nearly 20 percent of all crashes. In an effort to keep young drivers safe, the North Dakota Safety Council (NDSC) and State Farm have partnered to teach the Alive at 25 Defensive Driving Course at a significant discount.

Alive at 25 is a highly interactive 4.5-hour program targeted toward drivers between the ages of 14 and 24. The course is normally offered for $55, but thanks to a grant provided by State Farm, the following courses will be offered for only $20:

• Bismarck – Sunday, July 29
• Minot – Sunday, August 5

Alive at 25 helps young drivers take greater responsibility for their driving behaviors, provides tools for making positive choices, and focuses on behavior, judgment, decision making, and consequences.

For more information about the Alive at 25 program, or to register, go to our Training Registration Page or call 800-932-8890.


June is National Safety Month

May 23, 2018 - National Safety Month is more pertinent than ever as unintentional injuries have become the third leading cause of death in the U.S. for the first time in recorded history. To reverse that trend, this year’s National Safety Month theme, “No 1 Gets Hurt,” encourages everyone to take at least one step to improve safety in their lives and the lives of those they love. 

Each week features a new topic and resources for you to download and share with your family, coworkers, and friends. By working together to share these safety messages, we can reduce preventable injuries and fatalities in North Dakota.

OSHA, Industry Representatives Partner to
Address Trenching Deaths in North Dakota
May 4, 2018 -- Throughout the United States, two workers are killed every month in trench collapses. One of OSHA’s Priority Goals for 2018 is to reduce trenching and excavation hazards. To address this safety concern in North Dakota, a coalition of trench training partners have formed a Safety Alliance with the Region VIII Bismarck OSHA office. The Safety Alliance will provide employers and workers with information, guidance, and training resources that will assist them with reducing exposure to trenching and excavation-related hazards.
Safety Alliance members include OSHA, WSI, North Dakota Safety Council, ABC of North Dakota, AGC of North Dakota, Bakken Basin Consortium, Energy Coalition for Contractor Safety, North Dakota One Call, and the MONDAKS Safety Network.
As members of the alliance, all agree to collaborate on the development and communication of training and education programs for the construction and energy services industries, and to initiate awareness efforts with their members throughout the two year agreement.
OSHA will support the members’ efforts by providing training to members’ inspectors and auditors on identifying trench hazards; providing outreach activities and presentations relating to trenching and excavating; and assisting with the development of training materials, hazard warnings, and safety alerts.

New Partnerships Benefit NDSC Members

partner discountsApril 17, 2018 - The NDSC has formed partnerships with two new organizations to provide discounts to our members:

MSDSonline: NDSC Members can now save 5% on MSDSonline’s award winning services. If you’re looking for a way to simplify your SDS management, this could be the solution for you. To learn more about this service, sign up for an upcoming webinar or login to the NDSC Members Only Area. For a quote or to schedule a demo, contact Jonathan Lusk at

Columbia Southern University: The NDSC is now a Columbia Southern University Learning Partner, meaning our members receive tuition discounts, exclusive scholarship opportunities, and more! Learn about this NDSC member-exclusive benefit here.

To access your NDSC Member Benefits, login to the NDSC Members Only Area.
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The North Dakota Safety Council provides safety training and services across the state, including the cities of Bismarck, Devils Lake, Dickinson, Fargo, Grand Forks, Jamestown, Minot and Williston.